Mozambican police have expelled more than 4,000 illegal miners who were exploiting gold and other minerals in Macanga district, Tete province.
The announcement was made by local administrator Hassane Ussene on Monday, admitting that the decision was a result of several unsuccessful negotiations with the illegal miners who never did what was required or either withdrew definitively.
These miners are from Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, who were expelled several times but returned months later to extract minerals at the same places.
“The natural resources that we have should not illicitly enrich people,” said Ussene, explaining that it is not the first time that nationals and foreigners have been expelled for illegal mining in Mozambique.
“We have required the miners to be organized in associations so that they can be licensed to carry out their activities in accordance with Mozambican law, but they have never wanted to follow these instructions,” he said.
“We do not forbid gold exploitation, but it is necessary to legalize the service so that communities may also benefit from the activity,” he said, urging communities to report illegal activities there.
Illegal miners have been targeting mostly in northern provinces of Mozambique, such as Niassa, Nampula and Zambezia. Enditem